Course Descriptions

Summer 2014 Class Descriptions

Family Law Advocacy (Hon. Christopher T. Whitten)

2 credit(s), Standard Letter Graded
Requirement(s): Skills
Concentration(s): Children's Rights (JD)

Family Law is one of the faster growing areas of law, with more new pleadings filed annually than almost any other area of law. The skills need to practice in this area are unique. By the end of this class, students will have a better understanding of the real life issues confronting family law attorneys. This course focuses on the skills which are essential to the successful practice of family law, briefly reviewing general aspects of substantive law but concentrating on the special skill set required by these attorneys, from interviewing new clients to drafting pleadings, making and executing discovery plans, drafting and arguing motions, preparing for evidentiary hearings, and actually trying a family law case. In the first week, students will form small group "trial teams" which will work together throughout the semester. The class combines lectures, Socratic discussions, demonstrations, observing real family law proceedings, online discussion and journaling, skill-building exercises and learn-by-doing practice by students of the relevant skills with feedback from faculty, local practitioners and local judges. Ethical issues unique to family law are also emphasized

Federal Tax Clinic (Richard Carpenter)

1-4 credit(s), H/P/L/F Graded
Requirement(s): Skills
Concentration(s): LLM in Taxation (LLMT), Taxation (LLMC)
Prerequisite(s): Tax I

This is a hands-on clinical course for students who wish to develop tax controversy skills. Students working under the supervision of the Tax Clinic supervising attorney will represent low income taxpayers in resolving their tax disputes with the IRS. Students will learn client interviewing skills, how to interact with IRS personnel, and how to effectively resolve a client’s federal tax dispute. Students must also be available to participate in Tax Clinic Outreach presentations at various community locations and times. The clinic is graded on a 4-tier Pass-Fail basis. Prerequisite: Tax I.

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